Some STDs, if left untreated, can cause infertility or increase your risk of cancer. And you can't always tell if someone has an STD just by appearance. The only way to know whether you have an STD is to get tested. So encourage friends and others to join the trend and get tested today.
You don’t have to be an animal expert to help out at your community’s shelter. You just need to have the time and desire to lend a helping hand. (And it doesn’t have to be a lot of time, either.) Here are a few ideas on how you can help!
1. Teach a class
Teaching shelter dogs to sit, stay, walk calmly on a leash or shake paws will make them infinitely more adoptable. The Humane Society and SPCA of Austin, TX, for example, have a team of volunteers who spend their time playing with puppies and taking adolescent dogs to obedience classes.
When the weather heats up, barbecue season begins. Grilling can be toxic, and it pollutes the air. Burning charcoal or wood produces clouds of sooty particles that can lodge in lungs, irritate asthma, and cause other respiratory problems.
However, there is a way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Check out these tips for having a more eco-friendly barbecue.
You probably know all about how to green up your home and even your school, but do you know how to make your pet an environmentalist? Check out these ideas:
When your parents make you clean out your house, call your local shelters and ask if they need old towels, bedding, leashes, litter boxes and pet toys. They may even be looking for unused printers and computer monitors.
Give your pet filtered tap water instead of bottled to drink. And if you have to use bottled, be sure to recycle.
Help promote understanding and acceptance in your hallways.
Whether you're an LGBT student plagued by anti-gay harassment, or a student who just wants to promote tolerance, you can take action by starting a Gay-Straight Alliance. A GSA would not only educate and challenge the student body in the values of tolerance, but also work with the administration to make school a safe place.